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Revelation 11 : Godís two witnesses

v1 Someone gave me a long stick, like the sticks that people use to measure things. ĎGo and measure Godís house. And measure the special table where people offer gifts to Godí, he told me. ĎYou must count the people who are *worshipping there. v2 But you must not include the yard outside Godís house. Do not measure that yard, because God has given it to the other people. Those people are not *Jews. They come from countries where nobody knows God. They will walk through the whole city where Godís people live. They will destroy it for 42 months.

v3 And I will give authority to my two *witnesses. Then they will tell my messages during those 1260 days. They will wear cloth that people make from animalsí hair. These clothes show that they are sad.í

v4 These *witnesses are the two *olive trees and the two *lampstands that stand in front of God. They stand in front of the *Lord of the earth. v5 If anyone tries to do something bad to them, fire comes out of the *witnessesí mouths. And this fire destroys their enemies. The fire will kill everyone who wants to do something bad to these *witnesses. v6 These *witnesses have authority. They can shut up the sky and then it will not rain. There will be no rain during the time that they tell their messages from God. They also have authority to cause the water on earth to become blood. And they can send many other troubles to the earth as often as they want.

Verse 4 God showed his *prophet Zechariah two *olive trees and a gold *lampstand. (See Zechariah 4.)

v7 When they finish speaking as Godís *witnesses, a strange animal will fight against them. This strange animal will come up out of the deep hole that has no end. And he will beat the *witnesses and he will kill them. v8 Their dead bodies will lie in the street of the powerful city where people killed their *Lord. They killed him on a cross. The name of this city might be Sodom or Egypt, because this city is as bad as those places.

Verse 8 People killed Jesus Christ on a cross at Jerusalem city in Israel. The leaders of Israelís people caused Jesus to die there. They refused to recognise him as *Lord.

Sodom and Egypt were also places where the people did not obey God. (See Genesis 18:20-21; 19:13, 24-25 and Exodus 1:13-14.)

v9 People from every country, from every family group and from every language will look at the *witnessesí dead bodies. The people will look at them for 3Ĺ days. They will refuse to let anyone bury the bodies. v10 The people on the earth will be very happy because the *witnesses are dead. They will be happy because these two *prophets had caused bad trouble for them. They will send gifts to each other because they are very happy.

v11 But after 3Ĺ days, Godís *Spirit came into those dead bodies. He caused them to become alive again. So they stood up. And the people who saw them were very afraid. v12 Then the *witnesses heard someone speak loudly to them from *heaven. ĎCome up hereí, he said. So they went up to *heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them. v13 At the same time the ground moved. It moved so much that one in every ten of the buildings in the city fell down. And because the ground moved, 7000 people died there. Then the other people, who were still alive, were very afraid. And they said that the God of *heaven is very great.

v14 The second great trouble has finished. But the third great trouble will come soon.

Verses 3-12 The *witnesses speak Godís messages to the people who are living on the earth. These *witnesses may be only two special Christians. Or they may be like a picture of some or all of the Christians all over the earth. The number two is important. There had to be two or more *witnesses among Godís people Israel long ago. Two or more people had to hear or see something. Then they could say that it had really happened. Then people would believe that it was really true. (See Deuteronomy 19:15.) So the number two here means Ďa true *witnessí.

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